Posts Tagged: upholstery basics

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Staple Lengths

Upholstery staples come in several different lengths. The most commonly used lengths are 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″. I like to keep a box of each at my station at all times so I can quickly swap out sizes when working on different parts of a project. Let me elaborate on how I use each of these staples »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Reinforcing Panel Nails

If you are unfamiliar with upholstered panels, let me give you a short explanation of how they work. Panels are often used to cover the front of arms or sides of backs on furniture pieces such as wingback chairs and camelback sofas. A panel nail is first punched through the bare panel before it’s covered in Dacron »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Hanging Velvet

Tip time! At Spruce, we often cut out many or all of the fabric pieces for a project before we start upholstering, which helps us be efficient with our time. When working with fabrics that crease or scar when folded, such as velvet and leather, it’s handy to set up a spot where you can »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Making a Felt Tip Hammer

Sometimes you’ll find that your DIY upholstery project may include decorative nail head trim. Traditionally, a nylon-tipped tack hammer is the best tool for this job because of its lightweight and non-abrasive tip. If you find yourself in a pinch or you’re not ready to invest in this specialty tool, use this easy one-step tip. To »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Padding Sawhorses

Reupholstering can be rough on furniture. With all of the flipping and turning that goes on, it’s all too easy to nick the finished wood or painted surfaces by accident. Luckily, this problem can be solved by padding your sawhorses. Here’s a quick and easy tutorial to make your sawhorses furniture safe and super cute. »

Tiny Chair Transformation

When I became an upholsterer, my family thought that they had hit the jackpot. But they soon realized their vision of having their own personal upholsterer was just a pipe dream. After three years at Spruce, I have finally completed an upholstery project for a loved one. I found this adorable vintage rocker at Vintage Tobacco »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Attaching Double Welt

When upholstering furniture that has an exposed staple line, double welt can be a handy helper. Of course, there are a couple of other options such as decorative nailheads or gimp, but if double welt cord is what you choose, then please allow me to give you a few pointers to make it look as »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: How to Level a Skirt

This trick is simple yet very effective.  A small amount of string proved to be very helpful to Frank while attaching this waterfall skirt.  In cases like these, our eyeballs cannot be trusted to accurately tell if the skirt is level.  This fun little string trick ensures that you will get it right the first »

Upholstery Class at Spruce

A few weeks ago, we did some teaching at the Spruce workshop, and boy, did we have a good time.  We had four fun personalities which led to many funny times. We actually got a little work done, too. Everyone left with a much different chair than they walked in with.  The makeovers were rather »

Spruce Upholstery Tip: Wetting Leather

Tip time! I’ve had the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing leather this week.  Leather hides come in varying thicknesses and can sometimes be quite stiff. If you ever find yourself handling such leather, I’ve got a tip for you that you’ll thank me for later.  Water is the magic ingredient. Simply sponge water »

Spruce Upholstery Tips

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Upholstery Basics: Garden Cart

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Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

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Upholstery Basics: Circus Tent Kennel Cover

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Upholstery Lessons at Spruce

Spruce has been helping ambitious do-it-yourselfers tackle their upholstery projects for several years now.  We recently expanded the possibilities of upholstery education by removing any and all restrictions on what type of furniture is permitted.  From spring tying to cushion sewing, the possibilities are endless.  During our first round of upholstery lessons, our lovely pupils, »

Bring Your Own Chair Class

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and has recovered from their holiday splurge.  I may need a couple of more days to detox my body from the massive portions of gumbo and cornbread dressing that I consumed. A couple of weeks ago we held our last “bring your own chair class” for the season.  »

Tips and Tricks from the Sprucettes!

Here at the Spruce shop we are steady cranking out furniture.  While we like to make sure that our client’s pieces leave the shop in flawless condition, occasionally we have an unexpected “bump in the road” that needs resolving.  Through many heart-crushing experiences we have accumulated a handful of remedies for different complications!  I would »

October’s Lampshade Class!

Everything about last week’s lampshade was unorthodox.  There were only 2 students, one teacher, and a lampshade switcheroo right in the middle of the class.  Amanda and Meredith were busy at Design Camp so Clar manned the Spruce ship, and I flew solo as the lampshade professor.  But you know that class was a blast!  »

A Chair Affair!

We’ve done it again!  Another successful chair class for the books.  We had a very colorful crew of five ladies who kept Clar and I very entertained.  The transformations were grand…we made these sad chairs turn their frowns upside down.  Take a gander… [pe2-gallery class=”alignleft” ] [/pe2-gallery] Robin is no stranger to Spruce classes.  We »

Tools of the Trade!

Where would we be without our tools?  Just as a doctor has his instruments, so too do we here at Spruce.  All of the Sprucettes/Sprucer are very talented individuals but, alas, we are not superheroes, therefore, we must seek a little help from our tool friends.  Recently, we played a little game called “what’s your »

Lampshade Party!

August has turned out to be quite a ‘lampshade-y’ month for us here at Spruce.  We produced several new cuties for the shop, Amanda did a step by step DIY lampshade tutorial for Design*Sponge, and Clar and I just taught a lampshade class.  If you have yet to experience the pleasure of taking a class »

40 years of Upholstery!

Have you ever wondered what 40 years of upholstery looks like?  Well now you know.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the gentleman above, allow me to introduce you to Frank Barnhouse.  Yesterday, (August 15th) Frank celebrated his 40th anniversary as an upholsterer.  FORTY YEARS!  That is incredible!  Frank has been particularly special »

From Farm to Furniture!

August is one of my favorite months out of the year to be home.  Since I’ve been a bit too busy to make the 6 hour drive back to Louisiana, I will just use the Spruce audience (you guys) to rant about why August is special to me.  As you may or may not know, »

Upholster-dermy

Okay, things are about to get weird.  A while back I got sucked into a reality show on the History Channel that followed the life of a taxidermy shop in Alaska.  I was instantly entranced.  I had never really given any thought about what might go into mounting an animal.  It is quite amazing how »

Before and Afters!

Other than getting to hang out with my super cool co-workers everyday, seeing the before and after shots of our work is my favorite part of the job.  It’s like the Jenny Jone/Ricki Lake makeover shows only its furniture…and it’s not televised.  Taking furniture that wouldn’t have been looked at twice and making it a »

A lesson from our elders

  A few weeks ago our intern Gabrielle brought us a great treat: she found these cool and super old upholstery books.  As you would imagine we were all quite engrossed with it.  We geek-ed out as only true upholstery/furniture lovers could.  The first book, Essentials of Upholstery, was written by Herbert Blast in 1928.  »

Inspiration: Eleanor Young

Ah yes!…another random internet find.  I stumbled upon the work of Eleanor Young and thought I would share her with the Spruce audience.  Eleanor Young is a Glasgow based textile designer that specializes in bold, geometric upholstery work.  Her design studio, fun makes good, offers custom upholstery services as well as retail pieces.  I admire »

Bring Your Own Chair Class!

It’s time for another installment of BYOC recap!  After a brief hiatus from classes, Clar and I were happy to welcome a new group of eager upholstery enthusiasts into our class room.  We had a variety of styles of chairs to work with and they all turned out beautifully.  Take a look at the before »

December Upholstery Basics is Live!

December’s Upholstery Basics column is up on Design*Sponge. If you want to learn how to complete your chair that has a picture-back, click HERE! Take a look at these Upholstery Basics tutorials below to help you complete your redesigned chair: upholstery basics: coil seat finale upholstery basics: constructing coil seats — part 2 upholstery basics: »